Domino R. Perez, Director BUR 552, Mailcode F9200, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 471-4557
DDCE Fall Lecture Series
Tue, September 9, 2008 • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM • Texas Union, Santa Rita Room (3.502)
Angela Valenzuela’s presentation will cover her year as a Fulbright scholar in Mexico. Aside from conducting formal research on the topics of immigration, human rights, and binational relations, Valenzuela made an astonishing discovery. On Good Friday, she discovered a very old and large extended family that has lived in the remote Sierras of Mexico’s Southern state of Guerrero for close to two hundred years. This discovery led Valenzuela to make reference to the Aztec deity, the Coyolxauhqui, who was decapitated and quartered by her brother who successfully terminated her dominion. Valenzuela uses her personal experience to re-cast the U.S. assimilation experience as one of spiritual, psychological, and familial dismemberment. Valenzuela shares what it means to be (re)membered in the deeply-rooted, life-and thought-world of her family in Mexico.